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Lexie the Word Wrangler



by
Rebecca Van Slyke
illustrated by
Jessie Hartland

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399169571

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Humorous Picture Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Booklilst Lasting Connections 2017, Language Arts
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This clever, original, hilarious celebration of words and their meanings, features a strong cowgirl who would rather wrangle words than cattle. "Dictionary of Wrangler Words." Full-color gouache illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

3.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD600L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jun 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Cowgirls. Vocabulary. Words. Wordplay.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Lexie is the “best wrangler west of the Mississippi, and everyone [knows] it.” She is not just any kind of wrangler. Lexie captures letters and words with her lasso and puts them together to form new ones. She transforms a “p-e-s-t” into a group of furry “p-e-t-s” and lassoes an ear of corn and a loaf of bread to make “cornbread.” One day, Lexie notices that letters and words are going missing or are unnecessarily being introduced at her ranch (the “dogies” become “doggies” after someone unleashes a gaggle of lowercase g’s, for instance). Lexie goes on a mission to find the culprit and stop all of the word madness. While introducing spelling, compound words, and the intricacies of language to young readers is essential, this might not be the best place to start. Many of the words that Lexie wrangles are spelled out with her lasso in an exaggerated, curvy script that will not be accessible to those learning these concepts. There are many examples of Lexie’s “word wrangling” throughout that interrupt the flow of the narrative, stopping it in its tracks at times. Hartland’s bright gouache illustrations capture the many colors of the American West as well as various aspects of the cowboy lifestyle. A “dictionary of wrangler words” appears in the back matter for those who may not be familiar with the many cowgirl terms used in the book. VERDICT An additional purchase for those looking for stories about spelling and cowgirls.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Lexie is the “best wrangler west of the Mississippi, and everyone [knows] it.” She is not just any kind of wrangler. Lexie captures letters and words with her lasso and puts them together to form new ones. She transforms a “p-e-s-t” into a group of furry “p-e-t-s” and lassoes an ear of corn and a loaf of bread to make “cornbread.” One day, Lexie notices that letters and words are going missing or are unnecessarily being introduced at her ranch (the “dogies” become “doggies” after someone unleashes a gaggle of lowercase g’s, for instance). Lexie goes on a mission to find the culprit and stop all of the word madness. While introducing spelling, compound words, and the intricacies of language to young readers is essential, this might not be the best place to start. Many of the words that Lexie wrangles are spelled out with her lasso in an exaggerated, curvy script that will not be accessible to those learning these concepts. There are many examples of Lexie’s “word wrangling” throughout that interrupt the flow of the narrative, stopping it in its tracks at times. Hartland’s bright gouache illustrations capture the many colors of the American West as well as various aspects of the cowboy lifestyle. A “dictionary of wrangler words” appears in the back matter for those who may not be familiar with the many cowgirl terms used in the book. VERDICT An additional purchase for those looking for stories about spelling and cowgirls.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

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